Hudson Valley Sports Report

NEW PALTZ FOOTBALL GAME IS TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING

Huguenots Return To The Field But Highland Takes The Win

NEW PALTZ – Back in the spring, the New Paltz Central School District administration and Board of Education made the difficult and controversial decision to withdraw its football program from playing the truncated “Fall II Season” that replaced the lost 2020 campaign.

The school cited its concerns over the spread of COVID-19, joining Saugerties as the only districts in the Hudson Valley Sports Report coverage area to not play football in March and April.

That meant that Friday night’s 2021 season opener against Highland was the first time the Huguenots had played a competitive down of football since November of 2019, almost two years ago, and the first game under new coach Brandon Egan-Thorpe, who took over when longtime coach Tom Tegeler stepped down.

A long wait.

But they’ll still be waiting for their first win, as Highland went on the road, spotted New Paltz an early lead, and then came back for a 14-7 victory.

The Huskies are now a perfect 2-0.

Brady Saunders’ 11-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter gave the Huguenots a 7-0 lead, but Highland answered quickly.

Like, one play quickly.

Osei Adoma beat a New Paltz defender on a post and hauled in a 76-yard touchdown pass from Aden Wiser to even the game at 7-7.

Three minutes after that, and with less than 90 seconds to go before the half, the two hooked up again. This time Wiser found Adoma for 39 yards to set up a five-yard run by Wiser and a 14-7 Highland advantage.

The Huskies are 2-0 for the first time in three years.

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